Art moore announce debut album and share new single

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Art Moore, the supergroup of Boy Scout’s Taylor Vick and Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks have announced their debut album Art Moore, set to be released on August 5th via ANTI-Records. Pre-order here. The announcment also comes alongside the release of “Muscle Memory”, the second single from the album following on from “Snowy” released earlier in the year.

Listen to new single “Muscle Memory” below!

Speaking about the track the band said:

“Muscle Memory was inspired by the many phases of life we go through and the friendships that exist within them that inevitably transform as we continue through life,” Vick explains. “I wanted to write about this experience from a neutral perspective, one with the belief that it’s neither a good or bad thing but simply a given in life. It’s a more fictionalized version of my personal experience which was the kind of writing I gravitated towards most in this band.” 

A press release said of the album:

“The ten tracks that comprise the record are deft character studies, zeroing in on restless widows, shy beginners, jilted friends and friendly exes, chronicling minute moments — road trips, casual dates, games of truth or dare — with rich detail and subtle wit. The result is a world of remarkable emotional complexity, an album-length study of loneliness, heartache, and loss that’s sweet but never saccharine, sad but never maudlin. Featuring the inimitable songwriting of beloved Oakland luminary Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts set in sharp relief against lush production from Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks, it’s a quietly wondrous record — a set of songs that sketch out the struggle and beauty of coping with everyday life”

Tracklist

1. Muscle Memory

2. Sixish

3. Snowy

4. Bell

5. A Different Life

6. Rewind

7. October

8. Habit

9. Something Holy

10. Inspiration and Fun 

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Empath announce new album “Visitor”, share new single

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Empath have announced their new album Visitor, set to be released on February 11th via Fat Possum. Pre-order here. The announcement comes alongside warmly intoxicating and dance-floor worthy new single “Diamond Eyelids” and accompanying bare-it-all music video directed by Halle Ballard.

Speaking about the new single singer Catherine Elicson said:

This song was written in a stream of consciousness from a few pieced together memories I had. One of coming downstairs at my house one morning and unexpectedly finding a friend who lives on the other side of the country asleep on the couch, and the other memory was of when a friend used to travel from Chicago an hour and a half to the suburbs to work full time at a low paying Americorps job. Collaging memories in a way that created an emotional narrative about reaching for a fleeting moment of connection and familiarity.

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Talking about the new album a press release said:

On Visitor, Empath sought to one-up the range of sounds heard on their previous album. During what he calls West Philly Christmas (the week undergrads at UPenn move out and leave piles of high-quality garbage out on the street) Randall Coon recovered a suitcase organ with a sound bank from a Jamiroquai record preset on it, which he later played on the album, in addition to running samples on Ableton and acquiring a brand new synth; Jem Shanahan, who plays a ‘90s children’s keyboard, had Portrait filter it in such a way that it sounded “less childlike”; Catherine Elicson’s vocals, buried deep in the mix on Active Listening: Night on Earth, take center stage; and Garrett Koloski’s drums are as capacious as they might be in a live set.

“Our approach to songwriting, and what we constantly try to improve upon, is finding the meeting ground between all of our distinct points of view and ideas we are trying to achieve sonically and conceptually,” Elicson says. “We never want to be tied down to one type of song or sound, and we love all kinds of improvisational music. We try to fit everything we love into each song, and hopefully produce something new and exciting through that process of synthesis.” 

Visitor attempts to fill space, both physical and psychic, visible and invisible. The album’s cover was photographed by Andrew Emond, who captures the interiors of abandoned buildings. “The spaces look lived in and altered by humans but no humans are present,” Elicson reflects. “The songs are similar in the sense that they talk about the ‘space’ between people. They’re not about specific people per se, but they illustrate the feelings people leave between each other, these subjective experiences. You can think of Visitor as a soundtrack to the memories and feelings that remain in places people have left behind.” 

Tracklisting:

1. Genius of Evil
2. Born 100 Times
3. Diamond Eyelids
4. Passing Stangers
5. Corner of Surprise
6. House + Universe
7. Elvis Comeback Special
8. 80s
9. V
10. Bell
11. Paradise

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Maple Glider announces debut album ‘To Enjoy Is The Only Thing’, shares new single

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Maple Glider, the project of Tori Zietsch, has today announced her debut album To Enjoy Is The Only Thing, set to be released on June 25th via Partisan Records (pre-order here) Alongside the announcement she has shared new single “Swimming” along with an accompanying music video directed by Bridgette Winten who directed the videos for previous singles “As Tradition” and “Good Thing”

On To Enjoy is the Only Thing, written whilst Zietsch lived in Brighton in the UK, she compiles a striking set of vignettes from her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in and out of love, cross-country and international travel, longing, alienation and more. Moments both unremarkable and life-altering, but always deeply felt, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humor. 

Speakin on the new single “Swimming,” Zietsch said:

“This was meant to be a love song, but by the time I finished it, it kind of predetermined a break-up. I’d been experiencing some of the most beautiful places I’d ever been in, and falling out of love was very confusing. I was trying to force myself to be happy and in love, but I was far from home, and really lonely. It made sense to record the song after the break-up. I kind of felt like I was able to handle the sincerity of it then.”

Following the dissolution of a previous musical project in early 2018, Zietsch left Melbourne and moved to the seaside town of Brighton. It was there she began to work on solo material, drawing from bouts of homesickness, basking in the lengthy European summer hours and writing non-stop. She returned to Melbourne late 2019 with a SoundCloud account full to capacity of demo uploads, enlisting Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads, The Paper Kites, Hockey Dad) to produce and record the songs that would eventually form, To Enjoy is the Only Thing.

Elaborating further on her vision for the project, Zietsch describes:

“This is what the album looks like to me: walking past tinsel covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, car-bonnet frost, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast, the colour red, this ugly green dress, red wine, red blood, red lips, red is the colour of the cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love…”

Listen to the new single below!

TRACK LISTING

As Tradition

Swimming

View From This Side

Friend

Be Mean, It’s Kinder Than Crying

Good Thing

Baby Tiger

Performer

Mama It’s Christmas

John Myrtle announces debut album ‘Myrtle Soup’, shares new single “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?”

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London based singer-songwriter John Myrtle has today announced his debut album Myrtle Soup, set to be released on June 18th via Sad Club Records. He has also shared a new single from the album “How Can You Tell If You Love Her?”, following on from “Get Her Off My Mind”, which will also appear on the upcoming album.

On the new single Myrtle is brimming with bittersweet energy. Basking in heartbreak in the lyrics, myrtle is honestly tender, all whilst the upbeat Beatles-esque melody hones in the warm feeling of the sunny days that we’ve been feeling of late.

Speaking on the new single Myrtle said:

“I guess the song is about being sure of the relationship you’re in – you can never really be certain you’re doing the right thing, you’ve just got to trust yourself. It’s not like you can get a tape measure or complete a questionnaire to tell you if what you’re doing is right This was the first song I had written since I had moved to London. I remember feeling quite alone when writing it, and just really unsure about all the decisions I had made up until that point.”

“I had just broken up with a long term girlfriend who I had partly moved to London to be with, and I had just begun seeing someone who told me she only wanted a casual type of thing going. I remember feeling like everyone I had known always seemed to doubt love in some way, and I wrote the lyrics to this song with that in mind. I was unsure of what the future held for me, and I felt like singing this song was quite cathartic, at least it screamed out that I wanted certainty in my life and answers!”.

Myrtle Soup is an exploration of love and identity, diffused within the difficult and lonely period of writing during lockdown, packaged together as a homely bowl of soup.

Speaking about the album Myrtle says:

“What’s more soothing and reassuring than a homemade bowl of soup!? I want people to play this record and enjoy my homemade sounds with a nice calm sigh!”

“I wanted to name the mini-album something that would reflect my whole writing and recording process. In lockdown, writing and recording from home was amplified even more – just doing everything at home was the only thing you could do. Before I would write and record, then leave my house and go have fun. It was obviously quite a distressing time for everyone, and so I wanted a name that was homely but also soothing and reassuring.”

Listen to the new single below!

Hiatus Kaiyote announce new album ‘Mood Valiant’

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Hitaus Kaiyote have announced their next album, Mood Valiant set to be released on June 25 via Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune, pre-order here. The first single released is “Get Sun,” featuring legendary Brazilian composer/arranger Arthur Verocai.

This is the first album since 2015’s critically acclaimed Choose Your Weapon and the first since lead singer Nai Palm was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. In a statement she said:

“I guess after the breast cancer scare I decided that I needed to prove to life that the offering I have is genuine. My only wish is to live and offer my experience of time and beauty.”

Listen to the new single below.

Tracklist:

  1. Flight of the Tiger Lily
  2. Slip Into Something Soft
  3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
  4. And We Go Gentle
  5. Get Sun [ft. Arthur Verocai]
  6. All the Words We Don’t Say
  7. Hush Rattle
  8. Rose Water
  9. Red Room
  10. Sparkle Tape Break Up
  11. Stone or Lavender
  12. Blood and Marrow

Gruff Rhys announces new album ‘Seeking New Gods’, shares new single

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Gruff Rhys has announced his seventh solo album Seeking New Gods, set to be released on May 21st via Rough Trade Records, pre-order here. He has also shared new single “Loan Your Loneliness” along with an accompanying video.

Seeking New Gods started off as a biography of active East Asian volcano Mount Paektu, but as he investigated it, his ideas for songs became more personal, taking on themes he’s explored since at least Super Furry Animals’ “Slow Life.” “The album is about people and the civilizations, and the spaces people inhabit over periods of time,” says Gruff. “How people come and go but the geology sticks around and changes more slowly. I think it’s about memory and time. It’s still a biography of a mountain, but now it’s a Mount Paektu of the mind. You won’t learn much about the real mountain from listening to this record but you will feel something, hopefully.”

Watch the new video below.

Tracklist:
1. Mausoleum Of My Former Self
2. Can’t Carry On
3. Loan Your Loneliness
4. Seeking New Gods
5. Hiking In Lightning
6. Holiest Of The Holy Men
7. The Keep
8. Everlasting Joy
9. Distant Snowy Peaks

St. Vincent announces new album ‘Daddy’s Home’ and shares new single

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Annie Clark aka St. Vincent has announced her 7th studio album titled Daddy’s Home, set to be released on May 14th via Loma Vista. This follows on from earlier in the week when Clark teased the announcement with posters on streets around the world along with a hotline that if rung confirmed the album. She has also shared a new single “Pay Your Way In Pain” along with an accompanying music video.

According to a press release, St. Vincent began writing some Daddy’s Home songs in winter 2019, which is around the time that her father was released from prison after being incarcerated for nine years. In a new interview with Laura Snapes for The Guardian, it’s revealed that the album’s title track was inspired by St. Vincent taking her father home from prison.

This follows on from MASSEDUCATION released in 2017 and the stripped back piano version that Clark released in 2018 MassEducation.

Tracklist:

01 Pay Your Way in Pain
02 Down and Out Downtown
03 Daddy’s Home
04 Live in the Dream
05 The Melting of the Sun
06 The Laughing Man
07 Down
08 Somebody Like Me
09 My Baby Wants a Baby
10 …At the Holiday Party
11 Candy Darling

Japanese Breakfast announces new album ‘Jubilee’, shares new single

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Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast has announced her third album Jubilee, set to be released on June 4th via Dead Oceans. She has also shared new single “Be Sweet” along with an accompanying self-directed music video. Pre-order here.

Jubilee finds Michelle Zauner embracing ambition and, with it, her boldest ideas and songs yet. Inspired by records like Bjork’s Homogenic, Zauner delivers bigness throughout – big ideas, big textures, colors, sounds and feelings. At a time when virtually everything feels extreme, Jubilee sets its sights on maximal joy, imagination, and exhilaration. It is, in Michelle Zauner’s words, “a record about fighting to feel. I wanted to re-experience the pure, unadulterated joy of creation… The songs are about recalling the optimism of youth and applying it to adulthood. They’re about making difficult choices, fighting ignominious impulses and honoring commitments, confronting the constant struggle we have with ourselves to be better people.”

Throughout Jubilee, Zauner pours her own life into the universe of each song to tell real stories, and allowing those universes, in turn, to fill in the details. Joy, change, evolution — these things take real time, and real effort. And Japanese Breakfast is here for it.

Watch the new video below.

Wolf Alice announce new album ‘Blue Weekend’, release new single

Wolf Alice have today announced their 3rd album Blue Weekend, which is set to be released on June 11th via Dirty Hit. This follows on from 2017’s Visions Of A Life which won the Mercury Prize in 2018. The group have also shared new single “The Last Man On Earth” from the upcoming album along with an accompanying music video directed by Jordan Hemingway. Pre-order the new album here.

“It’s about the arrogance of humans,” said Rowsell, explaining the lyrics. “I’d just read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and I had written the line ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god’ in my notes. But then I thought: ‘Uh, your peculiar travel suggestion isn’t a dancing lesson from god, it’s just a travel suggestion! Why does everything need to mean something more?’”

The new video will premier at 7PM GMT.

Speaking on the new album Roswell said “This album is for other people,”. “Sometimes you hear a song and it makes you feel better, or you hear a song and it makes you feel seen. I remember feeling blue about something, and thinking, ‘I wonder what songs I can listen to that will be about what I’m feeling right now’.”

She continued: “It was almost as if I was desperate to feel better about something, and I would go down any path to feel not alone in something, or to understand it more. And I’ve never really done that before intentionally, I’d never really sought it out.”

Tracklist:

1. ‘The Beach’
2. ‘Delicious Things’
3. ‘Lipstick On The Glass’
4. ‘Smile’
5. ‘Safe From Heartbreak (if you never fall in love)’
6. ‘How Can I Make It OK?’
7. ‘Play The Greatest Hits’
8. ‘Feeling Myself’
9. ‘The Last Man On Earth’
10. ‘No Hard Feelings’
11. ‘The Beach II’